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Odisha: Sec 144 clamped in blackstone quarries in Jajpur

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Dharmasala: With an aim to stop illegal stone mining, the Jajpur district administration today imposed Section 144 in blackstone quarries of three mouzas under Dharmasala tehsil in the district.

The prohibitory orders have been clamped in the blackstone quarries in Sahanidiha, Anjira, Kusunpur Bichhakhandi mouzas following a directive from the Dharmasala Tehsildar. Also, the Sec 144 was imposed at a sand ghat in Raichhanda mouza. The administration deployed two sections of police force to prevent any untoward incident in these areas.

Worth mentioning, illegal sand mining was rampant in theses mouzas which had created resentment among locals. This apart the State government had been losing lakhs of rupees in terms of revenue due to the illegal stone quarrying.

After getting complaints from locals, the district administration conducted raids in these areas. Following an inquiry, the administration found illegal stone mining and imposed the prohibitory orders.

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